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First Cards home run trifecta in almost two years


During Friday night’s fourth inning against Kansas City, three St. Louis Cardinals players, outfielders Ryan Ludwick and Rick Ankiel plus infielder Khalil Greene collected home runs.

While it was the 28th time this occurred for the club in the last 55 years, it is only the second time since the 2006 World Championship season and first time since July, 2007.

What may have been most encouraging was that Albert Pujols was not part of the trifecta. He had been involved in each of the last three three-home run innings collected by the Cardinals.

Ludwick’s Friday grand slam to lead off the run was the first as part of a single-inning three home run performance by the club since Mark McGwire in 1999.

Date Opp Inn BI BI BI
6/19/2009 @KC T3 Ludwick 4 Ankiel 1 K.Greene 1
7/15/2007 @PHI T7 Pujols 1 Encarnacion 1 Kennedy 1
10/1/2006 MIL B9 Duncan 1 Pujols 1 Spiezio 1
8/18/2006 @CHC T7 Pujols 2 Rolen 1 Belliard 2
7/24/2005 CHC B1 Nunez 1 Edmonds 1 Mabry 1
4/9/2004 @ARZ T3 Lankford 1 Rolen 2 Sanders 1
7/3/2003 SFG B2 Renteria 3 Pujols 3 Rolen 1
6/25/2003 CIN B1 Hart 1 Edmonds 1 Rolen 1
9/20/2002 HOU B6 Marrero 1 Edmonds 1 Rolen 1
9/19/2002 @COL T8 Marrero 1 Edmonds 1 Pujols 1
7/2/2002 SDP B2 Polanco 2 Edmonds 1 Pujols 1
4/13/2000 @COL T1 Polanco 1 Tatis 1 Edmonds 1
4/6/2000 CHC B3 Tatis 3 Drew 1 Matheny 1
9/20/1999 @CHC T7 McGwire 1 Howard 2 Drew 1
9/17/1999 HOU B4 McGwire 4 Howard 1 Tatis 1
4/23/1999 @LAD T3 Tatis 4 Marrero 1 Tatis 4
6/3/1997 COL B5 DeShields 1 Gant 3 Mabry 3
5/14/1997 @PHI T9 Franklin 1 Gaetti 1 Clayton 2
7/12/1996 @CHC T5 Lankford 1 Gant 1 Gaetti 2
10/1/1990 @MON T3 Bry.Smith 2 Gilkey 1 Thompson 1
4/11/1986 MON B3 McGee 2 Clark 1 Landrum 1
8/22/1980 @ATL T4 Hernandez 2 Simmons 1 Reitz 3
7/6/1979 @ATL T4 Reitz 1 Tyson 1 Templeton 1
7/21/1966 ATL B5 C.Smith 1 Flood 3 Cepeda 1
7/18/1964 NYM B8 Boyer 4 White 1 McCarver 1
6/27/1962 @CHC T6 Sawataski 1 Javier 2 Flood 1
6/26/1959 @CIN T8 Cunningham 1 Boyer 2 Musial 2
7/21/1956 BRO B8 Sauer 1 H.Smith 1 Musial 2

As always, thanks to Tom Orf for the data pull.

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